Care Tips For Natural Stone Restoration
Countertop Refinishing and Stone Floor Polishing Continued Care
- Dust mop, sweep or vacuum floors often, preferably daily.
- Blot spills to remove liquids. Rinse with clean water and neutral cleaner. Remove rinse water completely.
- When mopping is necessary, remove all loose debris and dust with vacuum or broom before damp mopping. Do not flood the floor when mopping.
- On textured surfaces, use a broom to loosen any dirt or debris in grout lines and on the surface of the stone.
- Untreated dust mops and vacuums with rubber wheels and soft brush attachments will remove dust and loose debris from the surface.
- Never use your granite countertops as a cutting surface. The sharp edge of a knife can scratch the surface.
- Use neutral pH (7), no-rinse, concentrated stone soaps only when cleaning.
- We offer our own proprietary cleaning product, Worthy, that is 100 percent natural and safe on all stone surfaces. It can also be used as an effective cleaner on any surface such as grout, tile, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, most wood & paint, stainless steel, glass, tubs, showers, upholstery, and can even be used as a spot treatment for carpet and laundry. It can be used as a daily cleaner but is not suitable for silk or wool.
- Never use vinegar, lemon juice, or bathroom tub and tile cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces.
- Never use abrasive cleansers such as dry powder cleansers or soft cleansers on natural stone.
- Use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (1/2 cup diluted in a 32 ounce spray bottle) with a white scotchbrite style cleaning pad on your showers.
- Attach thick felt pads to the legs of chairs. Some felt is adhesive backed, some is actually attached to a metal post the can be permanently attached to the bottom of wooden chairs.
- Keep plants elevated off stone surfaces. It is not enough simply to put coasters beneath plants. Many minerals in plant food and potting soil can etch and stain even the most resistant stones.
- Periodically wash your stone shower floor, soap dish, and any corners with a bleach solution to kill any mold and mildew present.
- Keep the stain protection on your stone surfaces by periodically reapplying the proper impregnating sealer.
- Use coasters for your liquid soap dispensers, make-up, perfumes, and colognes. This is the main cause of etching on marble vanities.